It’s truffle season! There’s not a lot to be excited about right now, Halloween’s now HallowIN, bonfires are being doused and Christmas is looking like it might be scrubbed out altogether, but the seasons continue to turn and there are truffles that are being snuffled out as we speak. Which means that there’s at least something good still left to fixate on, where to enjoy one of nature’s most delicious foodstuffs.
Here’s a smattering of places we love that are serving truffle this season. Enjoy!
Bocca di Lupo
You’re sure to want to wolf this down (geddit? I’ll get my coat…), because the Soho Italian has put Chef Patron Jadob Kennedy on the task of creating another truffle season extravagance.
But this one has a difference: it’s BYO truffle. Yes, if you’ve got kitchen cupboards brimming with this £2,000 per kilo delicacy then you can wrap it in a bit of newsprint and have the guys at Bocca di Lupo ‘generously’ shave it tableware onto a bowl of agnolotti dal plin stuffed with veal and pork or roast partridge with creamy polenta and bagna cauda.
Alternatively, you can purchase truffle from the restaurant’s on-site Gelateria, Gelupo.
Where: 12 Archer Street, Soho, W1D 7BB
Covent Garden’s starting to slowly fill up again, and with increased footfall restaurants are unshuttering; like The Petersham.
The Covent Garden restaurant, filled with references to the famous Richmond nurseries, will be blooming just in time for the Christmas run-up and, more importantly, the truffle season! With fresh truffle available to order by weight, and brought to the table, shaved tableside, onto each dish, with the chef recommending ideal pairings.
Reopens on Thursday 5th November
Where: 31 King Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8JD
Mac & Wild
Think Mac & Wild and you’re probably already drifting into a daydream of hefty cuts of meat or their haggis pops (bitesize crispy nuggets filled with haggis!), but don’t forget the truffled mac and cheese.
The creamy truffle creation is notoriously more-ish and is the ultimate in comfort food.
Where: 9A Devonshire Square, The City, EC2M 4YN
What Angela Hartnett doesn’t know about truffle, probably isn’t worth snuffling out. The Italian Michelin star chef channels her upbringing, cooking with her Italian grandmother and aunts, to create modern Italian dishes, and this truffle season she’s big into white truffle.
The gnocchi, girolles, parmesan and autumn truffle is especially good. And truffley…
Where: 20 Queen Street, Mayfair, W1J 5PP
Look, I ain’t no Colombo but I’m guessing the clue’s potentially in the name… Seven Dials burger experts Truffle celebrate all things truffle-infused, giving London some of the best truffle and parmesan fries about and ladling the stuff into their iconic burgers.
The food hall, in the heart of Seven Dials, is full of tasty eateries and is the ideal place to escape in search of affordable truffley goodness.
Where: Seven Dials Market, 35 Earlham Street, West End, WC2H 9LD
Bob Bob Cité
Russian dining has bobbed from Mayfair to The City and taken its rich tastes along with it. Bob Bob Cité not only boasts various caviar options, not to mention the obligatory vodka shots served at -18°C, but also does a pretty mean truffle mash.
Meanwhile over at Mayfair’s Bob Bob Ricard, get your snout into the Truffle Waffle, made with black truffle and served with fresh truffle-infused organic maple syrup.
Where: Leadenhall Building, 122 Leadenhall Street, The City, EC3V 4AB
Over at Century Club, members are gobbling truffle like it’s going out of season (which indeed it will, come about February), thanks to Chef Matteo and his truffle themed additions to the A la Carte menu.
Sit on the new rooftop and hoover up tortelloni truffle and burrata, parmesan emulsion, along with wild mushrooms and fresh truffle.
Where: 61-63 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, W1D 6LQ